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Torah Portion

Tzedakah: Valuing Human Dignity as Envisioned in the Torah

By Rabbi Howard Alpert  Parshat Re’eh For many Jews, tzedakah is the quintessential Jewish act. Whether it is accomplished by simply putting a coin in a pushke...

Wandering a Method for Finding One’s Way Through Life

By Rabbi Jill L. Maderer Parashat Eikev In a recent article in The Economist, “Immersive Experiences, the Future of Philanthropy,” a study explores the impact...

Beyond Rote: Shema Pathos Often Taken for Granted

By Rabbi Eric Yanoff Parshat Va’etchanan Although I can certainly recall the moments in my Jewish experience that made my soul soar with inspiration and kavanah,...

Cry Out Eicha! and Ask Ayeka? (Where are You?) on Healing Path

By Rabbi Simcha Zevit  Parshat Devarim This Shabbat, Shabbat Chazon (Shabbat of Vision), falls just a few days before Tisha B’Av, the holiday commemorating the destruction...

Remember That Time Is on Your Side: Choosing Possessions Over Promise Has Consequences

By Rabbi Gregory Marx Parshat Matot-Masei There is a pronounced human tendency to reach for the short-term pleasures of life, when we know that it is...

Success of Zelophehad’s Daughters Instructive to Those Who Protest Today

By Rabbi Robyn Frisch Parshat Pinchas I took my 11-year-old daughter to her first protest last week. It was a post-Shabbat demonstration outside Israeli Prime Minister...

Openness Provides Opportunities for Learning, Supporting Others in Need, Such as Muslims

By Rabbi Linda Holtzman Parshat Balak Balak is a study of openness. When told to curse the Israelites, when his leaders make clear that Israelites...

Take Time to Grieve; Rituals May Help the Process

By Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman Parshat Chukat When death comes to your beloved parent, partner, sibling, child or friend, you feel hollowed out. Nothing makes sense. You...

In These Dangerously Angry Times, Identify the Primary Underlying Emotions

By Rabbi Maurice Harris  Parshat Korach Parshat Korach opens with these words: “Then Korach, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi,...

The Next Step in the Journey: Taking the Optimistic Path

By Rabbi Cynthia Kravitz Parshat Shelach Dedicated to the memory of my dear husband, Nathaniel Entin z”l. Twelve years ago, my beloved husband passed away on Parshat...